Buckeyes Vie to Take College Football Betting by StormPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
College football betting picks up next week, giving players who bet college football exactly what they’ve been looking for these last couple of months. NCAA sportsbooks are beginning to fill up, as the annual hype for this upcoming season reaches its tipping point.
Next week, players will finally be able to bet college football. College football is known for offering more matchups than one could possibly bet on, making finding the perfect line a tedious affair. However, the contest between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers is bound to provide that opportunity to fans across the nation. Take a look at what NCAA sportsbooks have to say about this matchup.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers – Thursday, August 31st
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: The Rock, Bloomington, Indiana
Stream: Watch ESPN
College Football Betting Odds:
Ohio State Buckeyes -20 ½ (-110) 50 ½ (-110) -1400
Indiana Hoosiers +20 ½ (-110) 50 ½ (-110) +925
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes turned in an 11-2 record (8-1 in Big Ten play) for the 2016 season that gave way to a 2nd place finish in the East Division. The Buckeyes performed well enough to earn an invitation to the college football playoffs, where they lost to the eventual champion Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semi-final). With the only other loss of the season coming at the hands of Penn State, it’s safe to say that the Buckeyes had a pretty good year in2016.
Urban Meyer returns as head coach in his 6th season with the program. However, Meyer will be joined alongside a brand new supporting cast. Kevin Wilson joins the Buckeyes as a 1st year co-offensive coordinator, as well as Ryan Day who is also in his first year with the school. Greg Schiano returns in his second year as defensive coordinator. The Buckeyes had one of the best defenses in the nation last year, with only the Clemson Tigers scoring over 30 on them – one of the many reasons that the college football betting odds are siding with Ohio State in this matchup.
The Hoosiers followed up their 6-7 2015 season with yet another 6-7 record, marking the 21st season in a row the program has failed to post a winning record. The Hoosiers went 4-5 in the Big Ten, which ranked them 4th in the East Division. With games against Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin this year, fans should expect another losing season from the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers dismissed head coach Kevin Wilson after 12 games last year and interim coach Tom Allen will return to lead Indiana in 2017. Wilson has been involved in coaching college ball since 2007, when he took a gig at Wabash College. Allen also made some changes at offensive coordinator, bringing in 1st year coordinator Mike DeBord. On the other side of the ball, William Inge returns in his 5th year with the Hoosiers as defensive coordinator. The odds might not give Indiana much of a shot in this contest, but it looks like the Hoosiers are more than ready.